Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha: I will now narrate the story of Kaka Bhujandar’s extraordinary life that was dotted with many marvellous experiences of the Supreme Self in its entirety and in its many manifestations of saguna or deity form. There is one astonishing incident that took place at the sacred kshetra of Panchanadeeshwara.
Kaka Bhujandar is a great exponent of Atma linga puja and Bala mantra japa. At the time of dissolution of all creation known as pralaya, at the union or sangam of these five rivers and hence the name Panchanadee, Lord Krishna was seen as Bala or child lying on a banyan tree leaf sucking his right big toe. Lord Krishna in Bala swaroopa was in absolute bliss enjoying the nectar or amrutha that he received from sucking his right big toe. The radiance, bliss and wide smile on Lord Krishna’s face was witnessed by Kaka Bhujandar who was awe-struck at this amazing sight.
Lord Krishna in all innocence rather mischievously asked Kaka Bhujandar what he saw. In that very moment, with the blessings of Lord Krishna as Bala, Kaka Bhujandar realized and experienced the Truth of Bala or Balakrishna as the Supreme Being or Supreme Self. Lord Krishna, the very epitome of kindness, then told Kaka Bhujandar that he is indeed the only one who has seen, realized and experienced the Truth of Bala or Balakrishna as the Supreme Energy or Supreme Self.
Lord Krishna further elaborated on the importance of akshara vidya or knowledge of akshara or letter as it is the self-luminous akshara or letter that has its origin in Aksharam or Imperishable or Supreme Self which is the Supreme Knowledge and hence, Aksharam Paramam Brahma.
Lord Krishna further explained the importance of the aksharas or letters that compose the Bala mantra or the state of Bala swaroopa that leads one to become immersed and absorbed into the Supreme Self. Lord Krishna gave the reason for lying on a banyan tree leaf in Bala swaroopa to be representative of the entire creation and hence, the Guru swaroopa. As the waves are created in the ocean, they crash on to the shore with their origin unknown and merge into each other becoming indistinguishable. As the waves reach the shore, they become balanced and subdued and these are the beeja aksharas or letters. The unknown origin of the waves as the all-pervading Supreme Light of Lights is Aksharam or Imperishable or Supreme Self. This banyan tree leaf represents the heart or hrudaya of a created being that is the Self.
Kaka Bhujandar wanted to be a part of the leela or cosmic play of the Supreme Creator in the Rama avatara in Treta Yuga. At the time of dissolution or pralaya of Krita Yuga, he took the form of a crow or kaka from within the Supreme Light of Lights. This was done with the help of one akshara or letter which he realized when he experienced the inner secret of Balakrishna.
Kaka Bhujandar was eager to receive the vision or darshan of Balakrishna and was blessed with the experience of the Truth of Bala or Balakrishna as the Supreme Energy or Supreme Self by Lord Krishna.
Kaka Bhujundar took the form of a crow or kaka from within the Supreme Light of Lights and gave upadesha of Rama nama to Vasishta Brahmarshi as extolled in Yoga Vasishta.
Only one akshara or letter is required to transform the Supreme Light of Lights within that is the Supreme Energy or Supreme Self into Bala swaroopa. This was realized by Anasuya through the grace of Atri Brahmarshi, when the Supreme Energy or Supreme Self as Supreme Light of Lights was seen and experienced within herself and this one akshara or letter was used to transform Brahma, Vishnu and Mahaeshwara who came in the guise of sannyasis to Bala swaroopa.
Kaka Bhujandar will be pleased to help any seeker who religiously follows the principles laid down for Atma linga puja and Bala mantra japa doing the same with utter dedication and Self-Surrender as salvation or mukti is assured if one seeks refuge in Bala.